2012-03-15 / Outdoors

DNR volunteer ORV instructors soughtWith

The Department of Natural Re- sources is seeking qualified appli- cants to become volunteer off-road vehicle (ORV) safety education in- structors.

ORV instructors must attend a three-day ORV Instructor Academy where they will be taught instructor policy and procedure, classroom management and teaching con- cepts. Applicants are also exposed to basic hands-on operational skills on off-highway motorcycles, all- terrain vehicles, utility-terrain ve- hicles and winching and recovery equipment. The ORV Instructor Academy is free of charge, with attendance mandatory for all new successful instructor applicants. Existing instructors are also en- couraged to attend.

There are two ORV Instructor Academies scheduled for 2012 and each class size is limited to 24 stu- dents. The ORV Instructor Acad- emy runs Friday from 1- 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The academies will be held at the DNR’s Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center in northern Roscommon County.

The first academy is scheduled for June 1-3. The second academy will run June 8-10.

Individuals desiring certification as a DNR volunteer ORV safety ed- ucation instructor must be at least 18 years of age; be a high school graduate or possess a graduate equivalency diploma (GED); have no felony convictions; have no mis- demeanor convictions within the past three years; have no convic- tions that resulted in the revocation of OHV (Off Highway Vehicles) operation privileges within the last five years (other convictions of natural resource law violations are subject to review and may result in the rejection of any application); maintain a high moral, ethical and mental character; and be a gradu- ate of Michigan’s or another state’s OHV safety education program or other industry-accredited safety program such as the ATV Safety Institute, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation or the United 4WD.

Individuals who have an inter- est in teaching students to be safe and responsible ORV users may begin the process by requesting an application from the DNR’s Mar- keting and Outreach Division at 517-335-3418. After submission of a completed application, a back- ground check will be conducted. Successful applicants will then be contacted to schedule attendance at an ORV Instructor Academy.

Questions pertaining to the ORV safety education program should be directed to Cpl. John Morey at 989- 619-3784.

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